Riding into our first National Park – the Grand Tetons

There is a perfectly good paved road from Pinedale to Jackson Hole – of course the GDMBR doesn’t take it – much nicer to take the circuitous route over Union and Togwatee Passes. Jackson Hole is a diversion from the route which we took in order to visit friends, and have the treat of 2 days in a row off. It is also a stunning ride from Moran Junction along the eastern side of the Grand Teton mountains.

After doing chores in Pinedale, we had a short day with a tail wind to a sweet cabin that a lovely couple let cyclists stay in for free – complete with a yummy bowl full of fruit. When John and Lucy were building their home they spent 3 and a half years living in the one room, cosy cabin.

From there we had a long climb up and over Union Pass, then the next day over Togwatee and the treat of a couple of places to buy food and a mix of paved and dirt roads. We tried to find a campsite at the busy Signal Mtn campground on the shores of Jackson Lake – and eventually a kind family from Texas let us share their site – along with all the mosquitoes. The swim in the lake was divine and far more refreshing than I imagine the camp showers were.

Next morning we had a great ride into Jackson Hole, both of us enjoying memories of previous visits rock climbing and skiing. Really good to catch up with Pam and Mick, and son Liam who is on university break from NZ.